President appoints Glenbrook man as arts advisor
President Bush has appointed Larry Ruvo, senior managing director for Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, to serve as a member of the prestigious Advisory Committee to the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ruvo and his wife are long-time residents of Las Vegas and Glenbrook.
“It is a great privilege to now be a part of what is truly America’s Theater and support the rich history and tradition of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The center has become a national treasure, encouraging new works and young artists by showcasing performances by the greatest artists from across the United States and around the world in theater, music, dance and now multimedia,” Ruvo said.
The Ruvos have been active supporters of the Las Vegas community through a variety of charitable organizations, including a number of groups dedicated to promoting performing arts in Southern Nevada. They were very early supporters of the Nevada Dance Theater, now known as the Nevada Ballet Dance Theater, as well as the Las Vegas Art Museum.
“This appointment means a great deal to me and my family, not only because of our love of performing arts, but also because of the significance of being able to represent the state of Nevada in the performing arts community. Entertainment is and always has been a large part of Nevada’s appeal, but it is often overlooked in terms of what is defined as culturally significant. However, that is evolving as demonstrated by the philharmonic orchestras and the number of Broadway shows and theater productions now appearing here. This is a great opportunity to represent Nevada as a place where performing arts are both appreciated and respected,” Ruvo said.
The Kennedy Center, which opened in 1971, is located in Washington, D.C., and is known as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy. It offers more than 3,000 performances a year with audiences of more than 2 million people, making it one of the busiest arts facilities in the United States.
Hundreds of the performances are free as part of its outreach programs to allow everyone an opportunity to experience the arts.